Alongside launching the new macOS 10.14, Apple is also redesigning the Mac app store. The new design is heavily inspired by the iOS app store and is said to be more robust with respect to discovering new applications and even recommendations. Apple also announced a list of new apps that will be coming to the platform soon.
The key addtion is the Discover tab, which highlights the best apps in the store, with curated content on them including videos and tutorials. It will also show you the most popular apps from the top charts. Apple is reorganizing apps in the Create, Work, Play, and Develop categories that will recommend the best apps under each of those headings. App pages have also been tweaked to show video previews, just like you get on iOS app store. Reviews and ratings have also been moved up front, in order to be more prominent.
Besides this, the company also announced that the store will be getting Office 365 apps, Lightroom CC from Adobe, Live Studio from Snap and Panic’s Transmit apps soon. The apps are expected to hit the deck with the new app store in the next few months.
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While the new design is closer to the App store on iOS, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi, did mention in his presentation that the company has no plans to merge the two app stores together. There will however be some overlapping. Apple announced that some of iOS apps including News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos, would be adapted to macOS. Apple is also said to be working on a “Project Marzipan” initiative, which will make it easier for developers to design apps for both macOS and iOS devices.